join our quest to enable the businesses of Tohoku to re-open and kickstart the local economy

Team Work Universal Humanity Interview with surviving business owner... Kanyama... Noboyuki, surviving dentist who lost his wife... Noboyuki, re-opens, honoring his wife... Musical hope... Relief 2.0 in action... Bringing certainty to an uncertain future...

Sustainable Recovery in Haiti Panel

Join a select group of key stakeholders this Saturday Jan 12 on the third anniversary of the earthquake as we look back and forward to the future. A joint effort of Relief 2.0, Stanford University and ESIH. (more...)

Road to the Future Photo Exhibit

A visual journey through the impact of the earthquakes that hit Haiti in January 2010 and Japan on March 2011, the joint response and sustainable recovery efforts. (more...)

Journey of the X

Bicycle ride from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince, New York and Boston. Bringing together the TEDx communities on these cities and raising awareness on the challenges and opportunities of innovation and collaboration. (more...)

Relief 2.0 Photo book

A picture is worth a thousand words and hopefully a photo book is worth a million hours of talk explaining and documenting efficient disaster response, solidarity and sustainable recovery with a focus on hope and achievements based on our field experiences in Japan, Haiti and field work in other countries.

Sustainable Disaster Relief and Recovery for Nepal

A strong earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday with a magnitude of 7.8, killing more than 1,000 people with the death toll said to rise. In a poverty stricken country like Nepal, the citizens are very vulnerable and aid groups worldwide and governments have mobilized to help.

In the aftermath of an earthquake, there is always a need for medical supplies, food, drinking water and shelters. These are governments supporting this effort as well as many disaster relief organizations which you can support.

Portraits of Artisans Exhibition

There are many artisans in Haiti and within the Dominican Republic. In some of the villages near the border, in Dajabon, Jimani and Barahona, I've met many people living in poverty. Initially, I was confused why people at the borders were having a harder time than the rest of the country. In Tijuana, the border between Mexico and the US, there are a lot of opportunities, and the people there are doing much better than the other parts of the country. Similarly, Johor Barhu, the town in Malaysia on the border with Singapore often gets a big boom in terms of visitors and businesses.

Disaster Response and Relief Ideas and Topics for the Hack4Good Hackathon

On February 8, alongside with the Race for Resilience happening in Tokyo, the Relief 2.0 team held a Hack4Good and Disaster Night activity. Doing in a creative way to work on new ideas that haven’t been thought before, describing scenarios and discussing the main keys to address the problem.

We created profiles of extreme cases that could go on a disaster and started developing them.

  • Ballet teacher trapped in the academy with the custody of students.


-  Temporal custody of the children left with her.

Disaster Response and Relief Ideas and Topics for the Race for Resilience Hackathon

On January 10, 2014, the fourth anniversary of the Haitian 2010 earthquake, the Relief 2.0 team held an international "ideathon" and digital hangout with Civil Innovation Lab partners and friends from around the world to discuss key issues to address and work as part of our participation in the Race for Resilience hackathon organized in Tokyo on Febrary.

Key participants in the discussion included:

Race for Resilience: International Ideathon

A dynamic, highly interactive and participative brainstorming session on the challenges faced by individuals, families, communities, cities and countries as a whole for resilience, disaster response and recovery and how to better prepare for unexpected disasters and crisis. Summary of the discussions, findings and recommendations is available on our blog (click here).

Relief 2.0 connected professional teams of experts in disaster relief and recovery in 4 cities:

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Empowering Artisans Photo and Crafts Exhibit

In the towns of Dajabón and Jimaní, Haitians and Dominicans live together. These are border towns and although there is a lot of trade passing through the border, these towns are among the poorest towns in the world.

Hope For Initiative 2013




Hopefor Initiative is an annual convention where the disaster relief teams of Military, Governments and Non-Governmental organizations come together to share experiences, challenges and exchange knowledge in open discussion. Among the speakers are Advisors of the UN Assembly, Chief Policy Development and Studies of UN OCHA, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, President of the Dominican Republic and various other Disaster Relief Experts.

Typhoon Haiyan

Our friends from Fuel Relief Fund is announcing a response to Tacloban, capitol city of the Philippine province Leyte. Fuel Relief Fund will be providing gas and diesel to aid individuals, other non-profit organizations, clinics, medical groups, etc. for use in generators and vehicles. (

Summary Resilience Assessment for Port-au-Prince*

Port-au-Prince is a particularly vulnerable city, located in the path of frequent hurricanes, with common tropical storms, an active rainy season and a high population density with limited access to drinking water, sanitation services, sewage and health facilities. In addition it is near the edge of the Caribbean plate, on the Gonâve microplate right above the Enriquillo–Plantain Garden fault zone.


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